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Help Needed to Rebuild Ministry House

Last Friday night, seven young men lost the home they were counting on to change their lives, as a house belonging to Freedom Farm Ministries burned to the ground in Ashe County.  Fortunately, no one was at the house at the time—they were at a prayer meeting in Boone—but Rita Collie Full Story

Blue Heaven Spa Returns Activity to Resort

Blue Heaven Resort and Spa opened its doors to the public with a formal ribbon cutting ceremony late Wednesday afternoon, marking the return of business activity on the former Heavenly Mountain property.  Managing Director Nilendu Srivastava told the gathering that the new spa Full Story

Boone Budget Before Town Council Tonight

Tonight, we’ll learn whether the taxpayers of Boone will get the bill for the county’s changing of the sales tax distribution, a move that has cost the Boone Town budget $1.8 million for the upcoming year. Council members have spent hours poring over Town Manager Greg Young’s budget proposal, Full Story

Undercover Buys Lead to Drug Charges

After a number of undercover drug purchases, Lenoir Police Narcotics Officers executed a search warrant at the residence of 428 Arlington Circle on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 12:48 pm. The suspect, 25-year old Jonathan Deontate “JJ” Parrish was taken into custody after the search Full Story

Paving Scam Reported in Valle Crucis

After a couple of summers with little predatory paving activity, Watauga Sheriff Len Hagaman reports that the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office received a report on Monday in a possible paving scam in the Valle Crucis area. The Sheriff said the paver approached the homeowner, offering Full Story

Boone Town Council Calls for CO Detectors

After three tragic deaths at the Boone Best Western Hotel, the Boone Town Council is taking action, voting unanimously last night to petition the North Carolina Building Code Council to amend state codes to require that carbon monoxide detectors be required in hotels. Full Story

Jones Named All-State, Headed To San Jose

The accolades just keep pouring in for Ryder Jones. Jones, who graduated from Watauga High on June 8, has been a very busy guy the last several weeks. He was named first team all-Northwestern 3A/4A Conference and the NW3A/4A Conference Player of the Year; Full Story

Watauga Courthouse Break In Suspect Sought

Recognize this tattoo?  High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police are asking for public’s assistance in solving a break-in to the Watauga County Courthouse from early Saturday morning.  Police say that at approximately 1:00 am Saturday morning, a shirtless white male entered Full Story

Two Charged With Drug Counts by Avery SO

Then on the evening of June 13th, officers with the Avery County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on Hwy 221 near the McDowell County line.  The driver of the pickup truck was identified as 25 year old Robert Lowery of Roan Mountain, Tennessee, a passenger was identified as Full Story

Elk Park Man Arrested in Traffic Stop

On the evening of June 12th, deputies with the Avery County Sheriff’s Office made a traffic stop on Old Mill Rd in Elk Park, and an occupant of the vehicle was identified as 18 year old Aamon Webb of Watauga Street in Newland was reportedly found in that vehicle.  Officers determined that Webb Full Story

Killer Pool Heater "Not the one permitted"

“If we had inspected it, the odds are, this would not be—we would not be talking about this now.” In the course of a trio of reporters asking Boone Planning Director Bill Bailey about the timeline for reopening the Boone Best Western Hotel, a new bombshell was dropped—that the swimming pool Full Story

Sinkhole Swallows Shoppes Monday Business

A sinkhole sunk business—at least for one day—at Tanger Shoppes on the Parkway.  Employees said that, about 9:30 yesterday morning, workers doing some work near the entrance, watched as the median between the entrance and exit lanes, suddenly disappeared. Full Story

Boone Native Son, Jim Holshouser, Dies

Notable native son Former Gov Jim Holshouser—the first Republican to be elected as North Carolina's chief executive in the 20th century, died today at age 78. Family said that Holshouser had been in failing health for some time, and he died at First Health of the Carolinas Medical Center in Pinehurst. Full Story

Verizon Store Smashed in Sunday Incident

The Verizon Store in the Gateway Center on US 421 in Boone, operated by High Country Wireless, was hit late Sunday afternoon by a vehicle that slammed into the front, the suspect then floored the vehicle, spinning tires to back out, then fled the scene, leaving a trail of broken glass Full Story

Tractor Trailer Flips off US 321

Blowing Rock Fire & Rescue responded to this over turned tractor trailer in Highway 321 in Blowing Rock near the Green Park Inn on Friday evening. The driver of the US Foods truck laid the truck on it's side in a curve in the southbound lane of the highway. The driver of the truck was uninjured. Full Story

Pathologist Resigns After Evidence Timeline

Dr. Brent Hall, Regional Pathologist, resigned Friday after news reports of the sequence that led to the death of an 11-year-old boy a week ago in the Boone Best Western Hotel. Boone Police chief Dana Crawford  told Eyewitness News Friday night how a crucial piece of evidence might have Full Story

Vehicle Destroyed in Blackberry Fire

Blowing Rock Fire & Rescue responded to this car fire on Blackberry Road Friday evening. The car was fully involved when Firefighters arrived on scene.  There were no injuries and the fire is being  investigated by the Watauga County Fire Marshal's Office. Patterson Fire Department came Full Story

Season Opener At Montana Kicks Off At 9 p.m.

Appalachian State University football’s 2013 season opener at Montana will kick off at 9 p.m. ET (7 p.m. MT) on Saturday, Aug. 31, Montana athletics announced on Thursday. The 9 p.m. ET kickoff is Appalachian State’s latest since it kicked off at midnight ET when it opened the 2003 season at Hawaii. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. Full Story

CO Concentration in 11-year Old 60% Plus

Boone Police report this afternoon that more toxicological information came in late yesterday afternoon in the case of the Boone Best Western Hotel deaths. Dr. Brent Hall, Regional Pathologist, contacted Boone Police Chief Dana Crawford to report information from the Office of the State Full Story

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